St Joseph's sink Summerhill in derby thriller
St JOSEPH'S of Galway were crowned the U-19 'A' Boys' All-Ireland Schools League Champions in an all-Connacht affair against Summerhill College of Sligo.
The Nun's Island school - better known locally as 'The Bish' - were ten points clear at half-time but had to weather a strong comeback from Summerhill to come through 61-56.
In a pulsating final quarter, the Sligo youngsters moved within striking distance with four three-pointers from Cian Lally and a Philip Hamilton dunk, but Josh Marvesley stole the ball to prevent Summerhill's equaliser and Kyle Cunningham iced the win from the free throw line.
In the U-19 'B' boys' final, a fast break with two seconds left helped Dunshaughlin sneak past Coláiste Chríost Rí of Cork.
The U-16 'A' girls' decider was an all-Kildare tie as Coláiste Chiaráin of Leixlip added league honours to their Schools Cup success with a 49-44 win over Ard Scoil Rathangan. Much of the fourth quarter was spent at the free-throw line, with Sorcha Tiernan and Ciara Bracken holding their nerve to seal the double.
Mercy Mounthawk's graft helped them to a 57-43 win over Scoil Mhuire of Longford in the U-19 'B' girls' League final. The Tralee school trailed in the third quarter but put the squeeze on Longford's MVP Aisling Greene to take control down the stretch.